[News] Basic Goods 'Suspiciously' Begin to Appear in Venezuela Stores

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  Basic Goods 'Suspiciously' Begin to Appear in Venezuela Stores


*December 14, 2015

*People on social media are denouncing the right-wing opposition for 
being behind a U.S.-backed economic war on Venezuela.*

In 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the CIA to make the 
“Chilean economy scream,” a conspiracy to overthrow the first 
democratically elected socialist government of Latin America that was 
accompanied by disappearing basic products from the shelves of stores 
across the country.

The same plan was implemented against Venezuela. And the fact that after 
the Dec. 6 victory of the right-wing opposition, basic products are 
beginning to appear in stores throughout the South American nation, 
suggests that the right-wing opposition backed by the U.S. implemented 
the same plan.

And as it happened in Chile after the CIA-backed coup and murder of 
socialist President Salvador Allende Sept. 11, 1973, basic products have 
begun to appear on the shelves of stores in Venezuela.

Through social media, people in Venezuela have begun to denounce the 
suspicious reappearance of some staple goods in some markets following 
the Dec. 6 elections.

*“John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz, is a Heinz shareholder, the 
same company that stopped producing goods in Venezuela. What a 

    La esposa de John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry, es accionista de Heinz,
    la misma empresa que paró su producción en Venezuela. Que
    casualidad! — Patrika (@noerestusinoyo) December 12, 2015

*“What does this mean? Flour and Mayonnaise expired five months ago. Is 
there or not an economic war?”*

    @nacholacriatura <https://twitter.com/nacholacriatura> esto que te
    lleva? Sacan Harina de hace 5 meses y mayonesa vencida. Hay o no
    guerra económica?. pic.twitter.com/l1YL1yq7Ru
    <https://t.co/l1YL1yq7Ru> — Alberto Torres (@FullRevolution4)
    December 11, 2015

*“They won an election through an economic war. They were constantly 
causing harm to the people through scarcity.”*

    @Pr1meroJusticia <https://twitter.com/Pr1meroJusticia>
    @nacholacriatura <https://twitter.com/nacholacriatura> ganaron una
    elección por la guerra económica siempre es tubieron haciendo daño
    al pueblo con golpes paros — antonio tovar (@tovar365954) December
    14, 2015 <https://twitter.com/tovar365954/status/676193073022558208>

*“The critical situation we are living today is product of the 
damn economic war that you support. The economic war won.”*

    @nacholacriatura <https://twitter.com/nacholacriatura> La situación
    crítica que hoy vivimos es producto de esta maldita GUERRA ECONÓMICA
    (@FrentHugoChavez) December 11, 2015

*“Kraft-Heinz workers denounce the owner of participating in the 
economic war against the people of Venezuela.”*

    Empleados de Kraf- Heinz denuncian al dueño empresa por participar
    en la guerra económica contra pueblo #Venezuela
    pic.twitter.com/gfuPnmsugC <https://t.co/gfuPnmsugC> — Miozotis F.
    Pinares (@MioPinares) December 13, 2015

*“Heinz in Venezuela paralyzed over a year due to the lack of raw 
materials and after the elections, MIRACLE, y begins producing again.”*

    Heinz Venezuela más de 1 año paralizada por "falta de materias
    primas" y tras elecciones, MILAGRO, retoma producción
    pic.twitter.com/yTvVyxzLqi <https://t.co/yTvVyxzLqi> — itobé
    (@itobesur) December 11, 2015

The social media users have indicated that the sudden reappearance of 
these goods and the fact that they have expired dates on them expose 
that there have been no issues with production, but rather with 
distribution, which many right-wing business people control.

​They also said the reappearance of certain products is evidence of the 
economic war the U.S. and the political opposition in Venezuela launched 
to destabilize the country and which was denounced on many occasions by 
the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

The reactions on social media have included photos of the reappearance 
of previously “missing” products and demands to the government asking 
them to take the necessary legal measures against those responsible for 
hoarding and the economic war.

​In some tweets, social media users note the link between food company 
Heinz and the economic war, as the U.S. food processing firm announced 
it would begin production again after months of inactivity.

Recently, Maduro ordered an investigation into Heinz after workers at 
the company's plant in the central state of Carabobo reported that the 
food processor was fully operational, while the owners were refusing to 
produce certain goods.

On Saturday, the leader of the Heinz workers' union, Hernan Garcia, said 
that after various months of failed attempts to sign a collective 
contract with the company on Dec. 9 they finally achieved their 
objectives and that they would begin working again.

This fact has been considered by many Venezuelans as evidence that Heinz 
participated in the economic war.

Street vendor Rene Holanda commented on teleSUR that the opposition has 
always resorted to “punishing the stomach of the people to blame the 
government for shortages. But also the gringos (U.S. government) have 
blocked the commercialization of raw materials and products.”

Most comments regarding the reappearance of basic foods blame the United 
States for interfering in Venezuela and depriving the people of basic 
foods in order to push forward its political agenda, which is likely 
linked to the country's resources, such as oil.

“I don't believe the industrialists conspired alone against the 
Venezuelan people ... that help was more than likely from the United 
States,” said Silbano Pita.

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